The along comes the chopper** and chops off the 14, replacing it with a diversion of the 89, presumably by paying Stagecoach a shilling or two for the privilege.
Bonus for the denizens of Deanshanger who GAIN an hourly service to Northampton; but that leaves Cosgrove etc. unserved. So the worthy and imaginative councillors of Northamptonshire create a service 90. It connects with the 89 in Potterspury a bit less than every two hours. It is run by Centrebus, so it's a dead cert that there are no through fares and as people don't like changing anyway, custom will be minimal. It will never survive the final NCC extermination programme in September.
But it's in Northamptonshire, so who cares?
How about a two-hourly 89 via Deanshanger and a two-hourly 90 via Cosgrove, both running through to Milton Keynes and Northampton? There might even be a bit of running time spare to do the occasional jiggle via Wicken, rumoured to be provided with a taxibus "in due course". That saves the cost of the 90 at a stroke.
Maybe there is a very good reason why diminutive Deanshanger deserves an hourly bus at the expense of other villages; perhaps a councillor lives there? (Perish another thought?)
Rant or Realistic? fbb sticks with realistic rant!
** another chopper, this time from "Oranges and Lemons"
P.S. A pic, taken in Olney, of the "fill-in" service 37 from there to Stoke Goldington (thanks to Alan, our Northampton correspondent).
read again). Note that the bus is helpfully liveried "Purple Route 7 every 30 mins". It does, however, appear to be carrying one whole passenger en route for Stoke Goldington etc.
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